NEA – Section B: Producing a design brief and specification (10 marks)
Based on conclusions from their investigations, students will outline design possibilities by producing a design brief and design specification. Students should review both throughout the project.
NEA – Section C: Generating design ideas (20 marks)
Students should explore a range of possible ideas linking to the contextual challenge selected. These design ideas should demonstrate flair and originality and students are encouraged to take risks with their designs. Students may wish to use a variety of techniques to communicate. Students will not be awarded for the quantity of design ideas, but how well their ideas address the contextual challenge selected. Students are encouraged to be imaginative in their approach by experimenting with different ideas and possibilities that avoid design fixation.
In the highest band, students are expected to show some innovation by generating ideas that are different to the work of the majority of their peers or demonstrate new ways of improving existing solutions.
NEA – Section D: Developing design ideas (20 marks)
Students will develop and refine design ideas. This may include, formal and informal 2D/3D drawing including CAD, systems and schematic diagrams, models and schedules. Students will develop at least one model, though marks will be awarded for the suitability of the model(s) and not the quantity produced.
Students will also select suitable materials and components communicating their decisions throughout the development process. Students are encouraged to reflect on their developed ideas by looking at their requirements, including how their designs meet the design specification. Part of this work will then feed into the development of a manufacturing specification, providing sufficient accurate information for third party manufacture; using a range of appropriate methods, such as measured drawings; control programs; circuit diagrams; patterns; cutting or parts lists.
NEA - Section E: Realising design ideas (20 marks)
Students will work with a range of appropriate materials/components to produce prototypes that are accurate and within close tolerances. This will involve using specialist tools and equipment, which may include hand tools, machines or CAM/CNC. The prototypes will be constructed through a range of techniques, which may involve shaping, fabrication, construction and assembly. The prototypes will have suitable finish with functional and aesthetic qualities, where appropriate. Students will be awarded marks for the quality of their prototype(s) and how it addresses the design brief and design specification based on a contextual challenge.
NEA – Section F: Analysing and evaluating (20 marks)
Within this iterative design process, students are expected to continuously analyse and evaluate their work, using their decisions to improve outcomes. This should include defining requirements, analysing the design brief and specifications along with the testing and evaluating of ideas produced during the generation and development stages. Their final prototype(s) will also undergo a range of tests on which the final evaluation will be formulated. This should include market testing and a detailed analysis of the prototype(s).